Nueva imagen 6Dr. María Nieves García-Casal, actual president of the Latin-American Nutrition Society (SLAN), is chief of the research team of the Nutrition Section of the Experimental Medicine Centre at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC). For more than 20 years when she initiated her biochemical training in human nutrition and later as a consolidated research, she has developed important research lines related to iron, vitamin A and folates metabolisms and also with maize and wheat fortification programs. During her productive trajectory, evidenced by her publications in specialized peer reviewed, high impact journals, she has made important contributions of immediate applicability to nutrition-related public health problems. Recently, with her working group that include Master and  PhD students, as well as scientific personal from IVIC and other collaborating institutions, they perform research on iron absorption from diets consumed  by the Venezuelan population and on food fortification programs, especially those consumed by populations vulnerable to anemia and iron deficiency worldwide. The Nutrition Section under her supervision also develops projects related to the consumption of marine algae as iron sources, as well as the use of carotenoids and antioxidants in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable chronic diseases, with special emphasis in type 2 diabetes. During 2013 Dr. Garcia-Casal was on sabbatical license at the Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

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